If you’re anything like us, you were probably pretty impressed with Steam’s own Controller - the dual touchpads bringing a new dimension to the space, especially for strategy games. However, chances are you’re also with us in feeling there’s no substitute for the tried and tested Xbox and PS4 controllers. If so, Steam’s latest Client Beta Update has a nice surprise in store for you.
In a Steam Dev Days session back in October, Jeff Bellinghausen of Valve and Lars Doucet of Level Up Labs made the announcement that Valve would be opening its doors to full configurability of third party controllers, starting with the DualShock 4 (Sony’s ever-popular PS4 controller). How’s that for a happy Halloween?
There’s a clear synergy - the inclusion of the touchpad and gyro are both features present in the Steam Controller and it’s clear Valve are conscious of just how popular Sony’s offering continues to be. Especially in light of how few custom mapping layouts for the Steam Controller have been shared on the community to date, opening this level of customisation to a controller already in so many households can only be a good thing for gamers. No more relying on DS4Windows or other third-party apps; just let the Steam API do the legwork, whilst you get on with perfecting your setup and playing your games the way you want to.
You can read the full patch notes here, but we’ve included all the info on the update to controller support below for your convenience:
Just a reminder: the update currently only applies to the beta client at this stage but will be releasing to all users in due course, along with the inevitable follow up of Xbox One and other popular controllers. If you’re lucky enough to be a part of the beta, however, just head to Big Picture settings and look for the option to ‘Add/Test Controller’.
Enjoy! Meanwhile, we’re off to try and lead the Aztecs to another golden age in Civilization VI with a PS4 touchpad. Just because we can.